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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
BELA (PERSON) [Heb belaʿ (בֶּלַע)]. The name of three persons mentioned in the OT.1. Bela the son of Beor (Gen 36:32 = 1 Chr 1:43) is the first ruler listed in the Edomite King List, Gen 36:31–39. Opinions vary as far as the date of the “Edomite King List” is concerned. Suggestions range from the 11th
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bela (Person). 1. Beor’s son, a king of Edom who ruled before Israel had a king (Gn 36:31–33). Because Balaam, the pagan prophet from north Syria, also had a father named Beor (Nm 22:5), some ancients and a number of modern critical scholars have confused the Edomite Bela with Balaam.2. Benjamin’s oldest
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
BELA (Person)1. Beor’s son, a king of Edom who ruled before Israel had a king (Gn 36:31–33). Because Balaam, the pagan prophet from north Syria, also had a father named Beor (Nm 22:5), some ancients and a number of modern critical scholars have confused the Edomite Bela with Balaam.2. Benjamin’s oldest
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BELA, BELAH1. Another name for Zoar (q.v.), one of the five cities of the plain with Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen 14:2, 8).2. A descendant of Esau who is listed as the first king of Edom (Gen 36:32–33; 1 Chr 1:43–44). From the name of his father, Beor, the same name as the father of Balaam, some have thought
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Be´la (destruction).1. One of the five cities of the plain which was spared at the intercession of Lot, and received the name of Zoar. Gen. 14:2; 19:22. [Zoar.]2. Son of Beor, who reigned over Edom in the city of Dinhabah, eight generations before Saul. Gen. 36:31–33; 1 Chron. 1:43, 44.3. Eldest son
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
BE´LA, BE´LAH (beʹla; “swallowed”).1. A king of Edom, the son of Beor, and a native of the city of Dinhabah (Gen. 36:32–33; 1 Chron. 1:43). From the name of his father, Beor, we may infer that he was a Chaldean by birth and reigned in Edom by conquest. He may have been contemporary with Moses and Balaam.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Bela—a thing swallowed. (1.) A city on the shore of the Dead Sea, not far from Sodom, called also Zoar. It was the only one of the five cities that was spared at Lot’s intercession (Gen. 19:20, 23). It is first mentioned in Gen. 14:2, 8.(2.) The eldest son of Benjamin (Num. 26:38; “Belah,” Gen. 46:21).